• Short Summary

    ABOUT 300,00 ELECTORS WERE EXPECTED TO VOTE YESTERDAY (SUNDAY), TO ELECT THE FORMER FRENCH CONGO'S FIRST NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SINCE THE OVERTHROW OF PRESIDENT FULBERT YOULOU'S GOVERNMENT IN AUGUST.

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    ABOUT 300,00 ELECTORS WERE EXPECTED TO VOTE YESTERDAY (SUNDAY), TO ELECT THE FORMER FRENCH CONGO'S FIRST NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SINCE THE OVERTHROW OF PRESIDENT FULBERT YOULOU'S GOVERNMENT IN AUGUST. THEY WERE ALSO VOTING ON A NEW CONSTITUTION.

    STRICT DISCIPLINE AND CONTROL HAS BEEN A NOTABLE FEATURE OF THE SHORT CAMPAIGN, WITH STRINGENT RULES LAID DOWN BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR EVERY ASPECT OF THE ELECTION. IN BRAZZAVILLE ITSELF, AFTER A SLOW START VOTERS TURNED OUT IN LARGE NUMBERS, AND THERE WERE QUEUES AT THE POLLING STATIONS.

    THERE IS A SINGLE LIST OF CANDIDATES - ALL MEMBERS OF THE RULING PARTY, THE MOUVEMENT NATIONAL POUR LA REVOLUTION-FOR THE 55-SEAT ASSEMBLY. AMONG THEM THE PRIME MINISTER, M. ALPHONSE MASSEMBADEBAT, AND THREE MINISTERS OF HIS PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT.

    THE PROPOSED CONSTITUTION PROVIDES FOR A PRIME MINISTER TO BE APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT, WHO WILL HIMSELF BE ELECTED ON DECEMBER 19 BY AN ELECTORAL COLLEGE OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY MEMBERS AND LOCAL PREFECTS. PRESS AND TRADE UNION FREEDOM IS GUARANTEED, TOGETHER WITH EQUAL RIGHTS FOR MEN AND WOMEN. THE CONSTITUTION REJECTS RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION.

    FIRST RESULTS IN THE NATIONAL REFERENDUM SHOWED THAT 83 PER CENT OF THE COUNTED VOTES WERE IN FAVOUR OF THE NEW CONSTITUTION. IN THE GENERAL ELECTION, THE PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT MEMBERS RECEIVED 87 PER CENT OF THE VOTES, ACCORDING TO EARLY RETURNS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABXS4MOESNP73NEL88MQUK2OID
    Media URN:
    VLVABXS4MOESNP73NEL88MQUK2OID
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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